Couple fined $53K over illegal Paradise Point crab haul

Two people have copped a hefty fine after being busted with an illegal crab haul on the Gold Coast.

The pair are accused of taking a large number of female and undersized crabs and fish from Paradise Point.

They were caught after officers from Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol began conducting surveillance on their fishing activities before raiding their home.


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During the raid, the officers allegedly uncovered a huge haul including 26 blue swimmer crab claws, 43 female blue swimmer crabs, 64 undersized blue swimmer crabs, 9 female mud crabs, 4 undersized mud crabs, 3 undersized bream, 1 undersized sand whiting and 4 commercial fishing nets.

The couple were also found guilty of obstructing an inspector after trying to hide the illegal haul from officers and fined a total of $53,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said while the vast majority of fishers did the right thing, but there were still too many cases such as this before the courts.

“All fishers need to understand the regulations and requirements around crabbing and size limits,” he said.

“Otherwise, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.

“QBFP uses a range of techniques and technology to uncover illegal activities, including surveillance cameras. We also recently deployed drones as part of our compliance enforcement effort, making it even harder for people to hide illegal activities.”

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Wendy Morley
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Great to hear these idiots have been fined! The couple should be thrown in jail and left to rot there.

Jackie Patten
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why are these not named and shamed

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Ian Kelly

so why have you not disclosed their identities – they have been found guilty before a QLD court.. Public shaming is part of the process